Title: International standards of social responsibility and their suitability for high educational institutions

Authors: Sylvie Formánková; Renata Kučerová; Andrea Hrdličková

Addresses: Department of Management, Faculty of Business and Economics, Mendel University, Zemědělská 1, 613 00 Brno, Czech Republic ' Department of Management, Faculty of Business and Economics, Mendel University, Zemědělská 1, 613 00 Brno, Czech Republic ' Department of Management, Faculty of Business and Economics, Mendel University, Zemědělská 1, 613 00 Brno, Czech Republic

Abstract: The paper deals with the evaluation of selected international CSR standards. The following areas are evaluated: what type of organisation is a norm intended for; binding force of a norm; applicability for HEIs and the degree of freedom in implementation. Except for the norm SA 8000:2008, the evaluated standards are complex, dealing with general principles of CSR. Two norms are mostly dealing with reporting (AA 1000:2008; Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)/2008). In their recommendations, they say what to do rather than how to do it. Almost all of them could be suitable for the implementation in high educational institutions, only the OECD norm is mainly focused on multinational organisations. SA 8000:2008 and AA 1000:2008 are meant for certification whilst the others are in the form of recommendation which makes them free in implementation.

Keywords: corporate social responsibility; university; standards; norms; international; education; ISO; Global Reporting Initiative; GRI; Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development; OECD; Global Compact.

DOI: 10.1504/WREMSD.2018.089072

World Review of Entrepreneurship, Management and Sustainable Development, 2018 Vol.14 No.1/2, pp.156 - 170

Available online: 14 Nov 2017 *

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